Home

Latest

Archive

Authors

Index

Site map

News

Creatures

Rules

Deities

Gśa

Old Articles Archive

Other Interest

Adventures

Guest Articles

RuneQuest

RPG, D&D Library
Rate this site between one and five stars, where five stars is an absolute "Must See" web site that no one should miss and one star is a "Don't bother."
Once per day only!


All games

Upcomming games

Ended games

Scores
Periodic Random Thoughts
( 02.01.2014 )
Gygax Magazine Issue 3 Out
( 18.12.2013 )
The Tomb of Dead or Retired Characters.
( 04.06.2013 )
Dragontales Magazine
( 24.12.2012 )
The Lost Art of Reading From Paper
( 13.12.2012 )
Recommended Reading List
( 19.06.2012 )
RuneQuest 6th Edition
( 19.06.2012 )
Cats and Writers
( 12.05.2012 )
Grunts! by Mary Gentle
( 27.04.2012 )
Orc Blog Introductionary Posting
( 21.04.2012 )

Fantasy Magazine Links

Non Games Links

Old and Potentially Dead Links

Orc Links

Other Games Related Links

Rune Quest Links
0

Orc Blog Introductionary Posting


Top level Static Articles The Orc Blog


Why Orcs you ask?
Why not is the simple answer. I suppose lets begin at the beginning:

My first exposure to orcs was via the old Fighting Fantasy solo adventure books back in the 1980's. I was in highschool at the time and what were effectivly childrens books, due to their novel material and concept, were well accepted and played by teenagers. Well thats my excuse anyway.

Shortly thereafter I was introduced to D&D (The old Basic, Expert, Companion, Master series) where orcs were seen as cannon fodder. No problem I thought at the time. After all you were supposed to be a good guy fighting bad guys. Something that in the second half of the 1980's, in South Africa was important to point out when asked aboiut D&D. Remember at that time there was a huge hype about D&D causing people to be satanists (thanks hatfield christian church eejits, I rellay needed that kind of stigma in high school, rot in hell the lot of you) or that you were going to go psycho or commit suicide.

Anyhow, at about the same time, as I started reading fantasy (Until then I had been an almost exclusive war story, reader, but had already started branching out) and after the then standard popular cannon such as The Belgeriad (David Eddings) and of course the Hobbit (JRR Tolkein) i moved onto more popular stuff of the day.

Why Orcs you ask?
Why not is the simple answer? I suppose letís begin at the beginning:

My first exposure to orcs was via the old Fighting Fantasy solo adventure books back in the 1980's. I was in high school at the time and what were effectively childrenís books, due to their novel material and concept, were well accepted and played by a few teenagers. Well thatís my excuse anyway.

Shortly thereafter I was introduced to D&D (The old Basic, Expert, Companion, Master series) where orcs were seen as cannon fodder. No problem I thought at the time. After all you were supposed to be a good guy fighting bad guys. Something that in the second half of the 1980's, in South Africa was important to point out when asked about D&D. Remember at that time there was a huge hype about D&D causing people to be Satanists (thanks Hatfield Christian church ejects, I really needed that kind of stigma in high school, rot in hell the lot of you) or that you were going to go psycho or commit suicide.

Anyhow, at about the same time, as I started reading fantasy (Until then I had been an almost exclusive war story, reader, but had already started branching out) and after the then standard popular cannon such as The Belgeriad (David Eddings) and of course the Hobbit (JRR Tolkein) I moved onto more popular stuff of the day.

Of course I read Raymond Feist's Magician, Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon. I picked up The Lord of the Rings at the library, and thankfully, also picked up The Hour of the Dragon (Robert E Howards only full length Conan novel).

I found that while I did (and still do) enjoy High Fantasy, my real love for Sword and Sorcery and Gritty, hard edged fantasy (The Black Company by Glen Cook per example) was developing.

The same thing was happening with Role Playing. The D&D group had broken up and while I had had a go here and there with AD&D etc, I had not settled into a new group or campaign. This of course didnít stop me talking or reading about gaming. It was at this time that something about the whole setup began to bug me.

Maybe itís because I have to be difficult or buck the trend, or I have soft spot for the underdog, but the way players and authors simply loved elves and dwarves and equally despised orcs was getting to me. I think I developed a very hearty dislike for elves long before I developed a love for orcs. Actually my first fantasy race love was and still is Lizard Men.

So over time it became clear to me that something needed to be done to fix up the image or orcs, to make them real, give them a personality and purpose. Equally it became clear to people who played in the RuneQuest adventures I ran that playing an elf would likely find your character dead in short order.

Orc

Thankfully many other people seem to have had similar thoughts and there have been novels, game supplements and articles about orcs springing up everywhere over the past two decades. I am sure World of Warcraft may have helped a lot here, but I also think there may have been a bit of a group think saying: "Hey, wait a minute; a race cannot just exist to be destroyed. Who are these guys, what are their motivations, their loves and hates."

This blog will serve to detail this trend. I will intersperse my own views on orcs with those of other people and hopefully provide exposure for this oft misunderstood fantasy race.

In parting, I must say I originally thought to approach Black Gate Magazine to do this blog there, but my erratic (euphemism I am sure) publishing schedule I doubt would suit their slick publication.

Lastly, images are always a problem. If you have some decentish orc doodles you would like to put up here, by all means contact me!

Enjoy what lies ahead.
Tony



 

Receivers email:



Your email:




 


| Printer-friendly page | Send this article to a friend |

Comment List


There are no comments.



For any questions or comments about this site,
contact the webmaster
www.runequest.za.org is hosted by
www.wack.co.za
W&C Information Consultants CC

Dial Direct Insurance


Forgot your password?

Register a new user
Gygax Magazine Issue 3 Out
( 18.12.2013 13:32 )

Read more

Results

Polls

Main - Rune Quest

House Rules

Gaea

RE: Runequest people

RE: Runequest people

Runequest people

Primitive Cultures

Comments on Articles

Printable page


 

Powered by eZ publish